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Jagmeet Singh

Jagmeet Singh at the 2nd National Bike Summit in Ottawa in 2018
Singh in 2018
Leader of the New Democratic Party
Assumed office
October 1, 2017
Deputy David Christopherson
Alexandre Boulerice
Sheri Benson
Preceded by Tom Mulcair
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Burnaby South
Assumed office
March 17, 2019
Preceded by Kennedy Stewart
Deputy Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party
In office
April 20, 2015 – May 16, 2017
Leader Andrea Horwath
Preceded by Marilyn Churley
Succeeded by Sara Singh
John Vanthof
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Bramalea—Gore—Malton
In office
October 6, 2011 – October 20, 2017
Preceded by Kuldip Kular
Succeeded by Riding dissolved
Personal details
Born
Jagmeet Singh Jimmy Dhaliwal

January 2, 1979 (1979-01-02) (age 41)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Political party New Democratic
Other political
affiliations
Ontario New Democratic
Spouse(s)
Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu (m. 2018)
Relatives Gurratan Singh (brother)
Residence Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Alma mater University of Western Ontario (BSc)
York University (LLB)
Occupation Lawyer, politician

Jagmeet Singh Dhaliwal MP (born January 2, 1979) is a Canadian politician and lawyer. He is the leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada right now. He became the leader in 2017. He used to be a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2011 to 2017. He represented the electoral district of Bramalea—Gore—Malton.

After the leadership election, he became the first person of a visible minority to become the permanent leader of a major federal political party.

Biography

Jagmeet Singh was born on January 2, 1979 in Scarborough, Ontario. His parents were Harmeet Kaur and Jagtaran Singh, who both came from the state of Punjab in India. He started his career as a criminal defense lawyer.

Singh was first elected in the 2011 Ontario provincial election. He represented the ONDP. In 2015, he became the Deputy Leader of the Ontario New Democrats under Andrea Horwath until 2017.

Singh announced he would run for leadership of the federal New Democratic Party of Canada to replace Tom Mulcair which he won. He did not have a seat in the House of Commons until March 2019. This was when he won a seat in Burnaby South, British Columbia in a by-election.

Political views

Singh has branded himself a progressive and a social democrat. Singh supports LGBTQ rights.


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